Pie Crust Table #11: Woodworking Finally Complete

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-16-2009 04:43 AM 13084 reads 1 time favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, It’s taken me 2 weeks to finally finish this table. It didn’t take me nearly as long as I thought it would working on it about 2-4 hours a day. About 40-45 hours total.

Not a lot of commentary here since all I did was to make and attach the pivot parts.

The rails under the table have slots where it touches the table top to allow for expansion . I used a solid brass 5/16” rod for the actual pivot. The pivot position worked out perfectly. When the top is “folded up” it doesn’t touch the column.

Right now it’s 33 inches tall. That might end up being a little tall, but it gives me the option to shorten it later.

The next time you see it it will have it’s finish and posted as a project.

Now comes the part I hate. Sanding and finishing! Oh, well.




Below you can see how much I shortened the column by.





You can see the completed project here:

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-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 04:47 AM

Very nice job Gary well designed and built thanks for sharing the journey.

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 04:50 AM

This looks good. You are in the home stretch now. Finishing and sanding are the “light at the end of the tunnel”.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 04:58 AM

One excellent table Gary & great set of blogs on how you accomplished it. Well done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 05:01 AM

Gary, you did a SUPERB Job on it.

How are you going to Finish it?
Thank you very much for the work you did in just letting US see the progress. To me, that’s a lot of work; I don’t like the distraction.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 05:21 AM

Gary very nice job. It almost looks like the pivot point is below the center of gravity. Is the table pergfectly straight up and down. Or does it have a forward slant?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 05:21 AM

Fan- tas – tic !!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 05:21 AM

Thank you Gary!

It turned out magnificent.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 05:23 AM

What do you mean finally? I’d still be figuring out how I wanted to join the table boards!

Everything worked out beautifully. I love how it pivots. I don’t know why, but I thought it was going to pivot from the center. Now I see why that wouldn’t work. Well done. If you run out of room, I’d be more than happy to store it at my place for awhile :)

I’m starting to like finishing more, after a few unexpected successes, but I agree that it’s at the bottom of the list of enjoyable bits. I like that a lot of it is quiet, though, so I can work late into the evening/early morning, even with all these neighbors, at least once I’m past all the power sanding

Thanks for sharing! You do great work, and you do it so fast.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 05:37 AM

Karson – It is below the center line of the table top. It has to be to be able to pivot. When it’s in it up position it is just beyond straight up. This allows to stay in position and not fall back down.

Thanks for all your comments!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 05:56 AM

Looks really terrific Gary. Great grain in that top, can’t wait to see it with the finish!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#11 posted 05-16-2009 06:25 AM

Bravo – great looking project. You are truly an artist!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 05-16-2009 06:29 AM

Beautiful Job, Gary!

Will you use a latch to keep the table in the horizontal position?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 05-16-2009 06:43 AM

magnificent…truly amazing…

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#14 posted 05-16-2009 07:01 AM

Thats a real sweet table. Hope one day I can emulate that.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#15 posted 05-16-2009 07:30 AM

That top is a tribute to excellent craftsmansip and the base is very well executed as well.
I don’t think I would have the nerve to tackle a job that size with so many exacting detials.
I’ve come to expect this from you Gary and I mean that in the kindest way.
What are you going to finiish with?

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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